Accusations are stressful issues for an RN or LVN, except when a Texas nurse attorney assists you against the case. The Texas Board of Nurses is responsible for all hearings against RNs and LVNs undergoing a case that may revoke, suspend or only discipline their license. Take note that a nurse attorney can also defend a nurse’s license against any form of accusations.
One such incident happened to an RN in 2018. At the time of the initial incident, he was employed as an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and had been in that position for twelve (12) years and six (6) months.
On or about February 17, 2018, while employed as an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at a children’s hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, RN did the following:
- administered Vecuronium to Patient RV, an awake and alert ventilated patient, without an order and without documenting administration of the medication, using a previously reconstituted vial of the medication necessitating the patient to receive reversal medications. RN’s conduct was likely to injure the patient by being chemically paralyzed without concurrent administration of sedation or pain medication and led to an inaccurate and incomplete medical record which was likely to injure the patient in that subsequent care givers would rely on his documentation in order to provide further patient care.
- denied administration of the paralyzing medication when questioned by the patient’s physician and relief nurse which led the physician to believe the patient had undergone a significant change of condition. A STAT head CT was ordered along with reversal medications which returned the patient to baseline and the CT was cancelled. RN’s conduct deceived the healthcare team and was likely to injure the patient from an unnecessary delay in medical treatment.
In response, RN states that in no way did he attempt to hide any material facts from his co-workers or employers. Based upon the lack of sleep, the lack of communication with the resident, who did not convey the change in Vecuronium, RN did not realize that the medication had been discontinued. Due to the exigent circumstances that occurred with the child, he administered the medication. He was subsequently questioned about the medication and was asleep when he received the call regarding the Vecuronium. Upon awakening, he pieced together what occurred and immediately disclosed everything to his superiors. RN would like the fact that he immediately cured any and all defects regarding notifications to his superiors to be included.
The above action constitutes grounds for disciplinary action in accordance with Section 301.452(b)(10)&(13), Texas Occupations Code, and is a violation of 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.11(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(1)(D)&(1)(P) and 22 TEX. ADMIN. CODE §217.12(1)(A),(1)(B),(1)(C),(4),(6)(C)&(6)(H).
The Texas Board of Nursing found him guilty and decided to subject the RN and his license into disciplinary action.
For more details or for a confidential consultation regarding accusations, it’s best to contact a nurse attorney. Texas Nurse Attorney Yong J. An is an experienced nurse attorney who represented more than 150 nurse cases for RNs and LVNs for the past 16 years. You can call him at (832)-428-5679 to get started or to inquire for more information regarding nursing license case defenses.